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Digital Arts Educator Joins UCR/CMP


Digital Studio Educator Joins UCR/CMP

Reginald Woolery plans new digital arts and education programs for the community.

(March 28, 2007)

Reginald Cortez Woolery, who helped develop a video and photography program for at-risk youth in Riverside County, was hired recently by UCR/California Museum of Photography to develop new digital arts and education programs for the community.

He has spent the past year working with the Riverside Arts Council to develop its Digital Storytelling Workshops program for at-risk youth and ex-gang members. The workshops have produced more than a dozen narratives expressing the participants’ feelings about poverty, drug-addiction, violence and other aspects of their lives. The program uses UCR/CMP’s Digital Studio.

Woolery plans to expand activities for the community through such efforts as Digital Exposures, a new exhibitions program, by inviting artists-in-residence, and by developing a high school student/teacher summer camp.

“World Wide Web Million Man March,” Woolery’s interactive CD-ROM, was featured at the 40th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar and premiered at The Photographer’s Gallery, London.

Woolery received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and is a graduate of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication’s Program. He’s served as contributing editor to FUSE, an arts journal out of Toronto, and as dean of Media Studies at The Ross School, an innovative K-12 school in East Hampton, Long Island.

The Digital Studio at UCR/CMP was created in 1999 and has worked with the Junior League of Riverside, the YWCA, Upward Bound, Americorps, Riverside Unified School District, and Sherman Indian School. Current programs include First Sundays, a free monthly event for families coordinated by the Riverside Arts Consortium, and Digital Wizards, a forum for local photographers and media artists to show and discuss their work.

UCR/California Museum of Photography is located at 3824 Main St., on the pedestrian Mall in downtown Riverside, California. Regular Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for the general public and free to members, students and seniors. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. UCR/CMP offers guided educational tours to groups of 10 or more. Guided tours must be scheduled in advance and are appropriate for adults and grades 7-12; a nominal scheduling fee of $20 is charged. Waiver of the fee will be considered for groups with special needs.

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